Once i type the code into terminal to find out what is taking up 250 MB on my desktop, the hidden files are shown, i find a file called ".DS_Store"

I'm a very cleany person, so I want to ask if I can delete this file, or is it safe?

The file is 251.66 Megabytes.

OS : Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

Mac Pro, new design by apple. 3.7 GHz, quad core - 6 core.

  • 3
    I wonder why it's so big.
    – lhf
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 0:47
  • I actually have no idea, i use Apple store a lot! Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 21:58

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.DS_Store is a metadata file: it contains data about the files present in the folder.

You can delete the file without any worries, it will only delete some settings like icon position, file previews etc. But Finder recreates the file instantly.

Since 250MB seems to be way too much to me, even if Finder will recreate the file, it will most likely be way much lighter (<1MB).

  • Ok, i will delete the file, also when i deleted it, it recreates into a 1 mb file, thanks. Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 0:09
  • You can also use system utility like Asepsis to prevent the creation of .DS_Store which I use all the time.
    – sayzlim
    Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 10:25

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